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Proud to support Erb’s Palsy Awareness Week – Overcoming adversity: Luke’s story

Posted on 26th June 2017 in Medical Negligence

Luke was born in 1999 and suffered bilateral fractured clavicles and damage to the brachial plexus due to the force used to deliver him. The brachial plexus is the network of nerves that sends signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm and hand, to supply movement and sensation. Tests at 3 months of age confirmed widespread and severe damage to all 5 nerve roots, including avulsion from the spinal cord. Surgery was performed and extensive physiotherapy provided but such degree of damage was beyond repair. 

Posted by

Clair Hemming

Partner and Solicitor

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What is STEP?

Posted on 19th June 2017 in Probate & Wills

TEP stands for Trust and Estate Practitioner, and is the designation given to full members of STEP – the worldwide professional association for those advising families across generations.

Posted by

Gráinne Staunton

Partner and Solicitor

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Why your website terms and conditions matter

Posted on 08th June 2017 in Intellectual Property

Your website is your shop front but many don’t do enough to show customers they are just a trustworthy as bricks and mortar.

Posted by

Jill Headford

Partner and Solicitor

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Appeals against Community Infrastructure Levy notices

Posted on 07th June 2017 in Planning and Licensing, Local Authorities

Where a local authority has adopted CIL, a developer who has assumed liability to pay the CIL charges must pay CIL prior to commencement of the development otherwise a penalty for late payment may be due.In a recent appeal to the Planning Inspectorate a developer who had failed to submit a Commencement Notice to the local authority argued that works of demolition to clear the site ready for development should not be considered as commencing the development requiring prior payment of CIL.

Posted by

Amy Cater

Partner and Solicitor

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Control of Horses Act 2015 comes into effect

Posted on 01st June 2017 in Rural Property & Countryside Matters, Dispute Resolution

A new law is now available to tackle the problem of fly-grazing in England (other, recently passed laws apply in Wales). The grazing of horses (which includes mules, asses and hinnies) on private or public land without permission has been a serious problem for land owners for some years. According to animal welfare charities it involves around 3,000 horses across the country at any one time.

Posted by

Jill Headford

Partner and Solicitor

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Family Law

Posted on 27th May 2017 in Family Law

Tozers’ Family Law Team covers a wide range of matters and has a number of specialists available to assist you in your case.

Posted by

Aimee Aspinall

Chartered Legal Executive

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Social Media in Family Matters

Posted on 25th May 2017 in Family Law

Social media now plays a large role in most people’s day-to-day lives, with the average person spending over two hours each day on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Whilst these social networks are a brilliant way to stay in touch, people should always be mindful of what personal information they are sharing, particularly when going through children or matrimonial financial proceedings.

Posted by

Ricky Noble

Paralegal

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Stellar Contributions in Divorce Settlements

Posted on 16th May 2017 in Family Law

Something which is being reported more and more frequently in the media are high value divorce cases in which one party seeks to argue a “stellar contribution”.

Posted by

Ricky Noble

Paralegal

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Helping Someone Sign a Will – Judge Overturns Deathbed Will

Posted on 03rd May 2017 in Dispute Resolution

The High Court has set aside a will where it appeared the testator had help signing his last will. As millionaire Marcel Chu was on his deathbed, his carer Donna Henderson manoeuvred his hand to help him sign a will just two days before his death. The will left almost half of his £1 million estate to Mrs Henderson and her children.

Posted by

Martin Laver

Partner and Solicitor

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Painting judged to be outside the remit of Section 215 notices

Posted on 28th April 2017 in Local Authorities

Many people will remember the house painted in garish red and white stripes in a conservation area in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea which caused consternation in the local planning authority offices (not to mention the neighbourhood).

Posted by

Kelly Burns

Solicitor

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Claims involving Executors

Posted on 28th April 2017 in Dispute Resolution

Executors are people appointed to act by the Will of a deceased person.  Executors can sometimes also be referred to as Personal Representatives although this term has a wider meaning.  Executors owe a number of duties to the estate.  Primarily, executors are required to call in all assets of the estate, pay all liabilities on behalf of the estate (such a funeral costs and credit card debts) and then distribute the balance in accordance with the Will.

Posted by

Martin Laver

Partner and Solicitor

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Capacity: An Overview

Posted on 13th April 2017 in Affordable Housing

When taking legal action against an individual it is vital that you ensure they have capacity. Where a person lacks capacity there are steps that need to be taken to ensure that they are adequately represented.

Posted by

Simon Sanger-Anderson

Consultant and Solicitor